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The Grey (2011) Poster

(2011)

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Character error 

Henrick says his name his first name is Pete but later his first name is seen listed as David on his driver's license.

Continuity 

Late in the movie, Ottway unfolds the letter, which then shows a large yellowish stain. Still later, he partially unfolds it before folding it into his wallet, and the stain is gone.
After the plane crash Ottway is seen covered in snow, but when he gets to the plane to see the survivors there is almost no snow on his sweater.
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Just before Ottway stumbles into the wolf den, he is trudging alone holding Henrick's pack in his right hand. The angle cuts as he leans on a tree with his left hand, and it's clearly seen that he's holding the pack with that hand. Immediately after, it's in his right hand again.
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Factual errors 

Dead bodies lying on the ground are frozen. Even a day later, while they are in the snow with below freezing temperatures, the limbs remain flexible.
When Ottway jumps into the rushing river to save a friend, he would not have been able to stand the freezing cold water for more than a minute. Afterwards, he lifts himself out of the water and continues his quest. Hypothermia would have killed him within minutes after leaving the water,
Fastening a shotgun shell to a stick does not work as well as depicted. The Mythbusters demonstrated that the human arm simply can't thrust the stick hard enough to set off the shell.
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Plot holes 

Before setting off for the woods, Ottway searches through the plane wreckage and finds his rifle in its case, with the stock broken in two. He then discards the rifle. This is strange as, even with the stock broken and scope ruined, it would be possible to fire the rifle with reasonable accuracy at close range, certainly accurately enough to dispatch a number of wolves.
Unfortunately, planes are far more valuable than people. Whatever the reason that oil workers might not have been missed, their plane would have been (by its owners and the insurers) and a search for it would have been undertaken within HOURS of it not arriving at its destination. Additionally all US aircraft are required to have and maintain ELT (emergency location transmitters) which would help find the plane if it is lost. While this device might destroyed in the crash, this happens very few times when a plane has an accident in manner depicted in the film.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the final scene there is a flipped shot, which can be seen when Ottway's facial cut changes sides.

Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Just before Flannery gets killed, the other six men are walking through a heavy blizzard with strong winds but when they run back to Flannery after the attack and kneel beside him there is almost no wind at all.

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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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